Bradley Ellis, Dana Point
In response to last week’s online story, “Boarders Banned from Cruising Monarch Beach Streets,” this is completely ridiculous. Pretty soon the ban will be spread throughout the city. You’re banning skateboarding on city streets, then why not build a skateboard park.
My son is a competitive skateboarder. We travel all over Southern California to city parks to compete. I’m embarrassed that Dana Point does not have a skateboard park, especially a city that was built off the back of a coastal Southern California lifestyle. Every city in Orange County has a skateboard park, so why not Dana Point?
It could bring added value to tourism and a place for kids to be active and out of the house.
I would encourage the city manager to visit Laguna Niguel or San Clemente’s skate parks on a Friday night or weekday after school and witness the number of kids and families utilizing these parks. Then visit the stores and restaurants and ask them how much of their business is generated from the park.
Go to Doheny State Beach and see the tourists that are skateboarding in the parking lots because they have no other place to go. At $300,000 a year I’m sure you could find the time.